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Peer mentoring

peermentoring

Guiding Students to Retention through Peer Mentoring

Cuyahoga Community College

Heidi Athey

Judy LaRiccia-Grant

Janet Spitzig


Commitment to success

commitmenttosuccess

  • Strategic Plan 2013-2016

    • Access and Engagement

    • Quality and Innovation

    • Completion and Success


Student success

studentsuccess

  • Addition of Student Success Specialist positions

    • Coordinate retention programs for 1st year students

      • Mentoring

      • Peer mentoring

      • Early Alert

      • Student Ambassador Program

      • 1st Year Success Newsletters

      • Case management for Compact Scholar students

      • Gradfest, Welcome Week, etc.

    • Represented at each campus: one at Westshore, two at East and West, three at Metropolitan.


Why 1 st year interventions

why1styearinterventions?

  • National Statistics for Community Colleges

    • 1st generation college students1: 42%

    • Students requiring at least 1 developmental course1: 60%

    • Retention for 2-Year Public Colleges2: 55.7%

  • Tri-C Statistics

    • 1st generation college students: Approximately 58%

    • Students requiring a developmental course for Fall 2012

      • English 68%

      • Math 95%

    • Retention rate Fall 2011 to Fall 2012:

      • All Students: 47.5%

      • 1st Year Students: 40.5%

  • American Association of Community Colleges. (2012, April). Reclaiming the American Dream: A report from the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. Washington, DC: Retrieved online: http://www.aacc.nche.edu/21stCenturyReport

  • ACT, Inc. (2013). The Reality of College Readiness. Iowa City, IA: Retrieved Online: http://www.act.org/readinessreality/13/pdf/Reality-of-College-Readiness-2013.pdf


H igher education compact

highereducationcompact


Why peer mentoring

whypeermentoring?

An Integrated Support System

  • Navigating the college

  • Accessing resources

  • Transitioning to college expectations

  • Establishing a sense of belonging

  • Building of confidence


Why peer mentoring1

whypeermentoring?

  • Student Obstacles

    • Time

    • Commute

    • Child Care

    • Computer Access

    • Computer Knowledge

    • Anxiety

    • Learning Disabled

    • Physically Disabled

    • Lack of support system

    • Family responsibilities


Why peer mentoring2

whypeermentoring?

Handling Multiple Life Roles

  • Parent

  • Employee

  • Partner

  • Caretaker

  • Student

Employee

Parent

Social

Joe Smith

Partner

Religious/ Spiritual

Student

Caretaker

Friend


Peer mentor model

peermentormodel

  • Adapted from Youngstown State University

  • 2011, Western Campus pilot

    • Student Ambassadors

    • Peer Mentors assigned at New Student Orientation

      • Peer Mentors assigned 10 students per orientation

        • Establish leadership role

          • Navigating the campus, my Tri-C Space, registration process and financial aid.

        • Develop rapport through group interaction

        • Facilitate peer mentoring contract and expectations


Peer mentors

peermentors

  • Hiring Process:

    • Selection process

    • Qualifications

    • Background/drug screening

    • Training:

    • General student ambassador training

    • New Student Orientation training

    • Peer Mentor training

    • College-wide retreat


Our peer mentoring teams

ourpeermentoringteams


Communication plan

communicationplan

Semester Engagement:

  • Welcome postcard

  • Weekly e-mails

  • Phone calls before midterms/finals

  • In-person visits

  • Incentive based learning

  • Participation in campus events


Pilot results

pilotresults


Program outcomes

programoutcomes

Retention Rate by Campus

Entire Student Population


Program outcomes1

programoutcomes


Program outcomes2

programoutcomes

Retention Rate by Campus

Fall 2012 - Spring 2013


Program outcomes3

programoutcomes


Program outcomes4

programoutcomes

A-C Grade Rate by Campus

Fall 2012


Program challenges

programchallenges

  • Student Engagement

    • Commuter campus

    • 65% of students enrolled part-time

    • Outside commitments /responsibilities

    • Establishing the benefits

  • Time

    • Managing ambassadors

    • Prepping materials

  • Ambassadors

    • Budget restrictions

    • Limited pool

    • Turnover

  • Communication/Connections

    • Contact information

    • Home life


Moving forward

movingforward

  • Uniformity across campuses

  • First Year Experience course

  • Mentee concerns survey

  • Mentee evaluations


Questions

Questions

  • Eastern Campus:Ryan Hoenig216-987-2638ESS 1600 [email protected] Kohl Kennedy216-987-2634ESS 1600 [email protected]

  • Westshore Campus

  • Metropolitan Campus:Heidi Athey216-987-3422MSS [email protected] Gardner, Jr. 216-987-3339MSS [email protected]

    Jacques Smith216-987-4802MSS [email protected]

  • Western Campus:Judy LaRiccia-Grant216-987-5177WSS [email protected] Spitzig216-987-5675WSS [email protected]

Maureen Gray-O’Shea

216-987-5858

[email protected]


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